Maine Public Travel: Cuba

Maine Public's first cultural travel program explored Havana in March of 2017. Maine Public's CEO Mark Vogelzang and nearly 20 Mainers experienced Cuba together at a particularly pivotal time; the U.S. has reopened its Embassy and cultural travel for Americans, and the Cuban government and institutions are changing in response to the freedom of the Internet and the death of their revolutionary heroes, Fidel Castro. The value of meeting and learning from the people of Cuba (and seeing first-hand their contradictions and challenges) allowed the entire group of public radio and television fans to understand substantially more about Cuba than the group knew prior to this travel experience.


Portland Press Herald: USM students head to Cuba in first-of-its-kind trip for UMaine System

In a first-of-its-kind excursion, two groups of University of Southern Maine students will depart Tuesday for Cuba in hopes of learning more about the communist island nation’s tourism and healthcare industries. The students, in both undergraduate and graduate programs in tourism or nursing, will also experience life aboard a wooden boat, the schooner Harvey Gamage, where they will sleep and eat most of their meals during their time studying Cuba’s growing tourism industry and its well-regarded system of national health care. The Maine students will both share and gather information as they explore how easing political tensions and lifting travel restrictions between the U.S. and Cuba are already affecting the island – which has essentially been off-limits to most Americans for the last 50 years, said Tracy Michaud-Stutzman, who chairs USM’s Tourism and Hospitality department.